Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz

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So here’s the thing. I don’t love the 1952 Topps set. In fact, I’d argue, if it hadn’t been first, if it had come after the remarkable run Topps had from 1953 - 1956, it would have been considered the first weak design. It’s not though. It’s first. The design is everywhere and there’s no getting away from it. At this point, I could live the rest of my life without seeing Topps ever dig up this design again. It’s overrated, it’s overexposed, and even if it weren't, it would be “just another set”.

I suppose that it’s possible that my view of the set is colored by the realization that this is the one Topps Braves team set that I might not complete. Those high numbers man. Wow. The funny thing is, I could see myself dropping a grand to get a shitty condition Eddie Mathews from 1952 Topps. I can easily picture that. I just can’t see myself spending hundreds of dollars on a baseball card of Ebba St. Claire or Bob Thorpe. How will that ever be worth it to me? (I used to include 1954 in my list of team sets I will never complete, but as it turns out, I’m determined to own a Hank Aaron rookie card in just a few months. Hell, I can almost guaranetee I will.)

Still, this is a Braves team set and when I’ve found affordable cards from it, I’ve got them. My favorite is clearly the Spahn, but this time, started with the Willard Marshall from a box at a card show a long, long time ago.

At least I’m not a Yankees fan. How likely are most of those to finish a 52 team set? After all, if there’s two things that scream EXPENSIVE VINTAGE, it’s high numbers and Mickey Mantle.